Glasgow 1946. The last time Brodie came home it was 1942 and he was a proud young man in a paratrooper's uniform. Now, the war is over but victory's wine has soured and Brodie's back in Scotland to try and save childhood friend Shug Donovan from the gallows. Everyone thought Donovan was dead, shot down in the war. Perhaps it would have been kinder if he had been killed. The man who returns from the war is unrecognisable: mutilated, horribly burned. Donovan keeps his own company, only venturing out for heroin to deaden the pain of his wounds. When a local boy is found raped and murdered, there is only one suspect. Donovan claims he's innocent but a mountain of evidence says otherwise. Despite the hideousness of the crime, ex-policeman Brodie feels compelled to try and help his one time friend. Working with advocate Samantha Campbell, Brodie trawls the mean streets of the Gorbals and the green hills of western Scotland in their search for the truth. What they find is an unholy alliance of troublesome priests, corrupt coppers and Glasgow's deadliest razor gang, happy to slaughter to protect their dark and dirty secrets. As time runs out for the condemned man, the murder tally of innocents starts to climb. When Sam Campbell disappears, it's the last straw for Brodie, and he reverts to his wartime role as a trained killer. It's them or him -
Gordon Ferris [www.gordonferris.com] "Electrifies readers ...a rising star of Scottish literature" [Independent]. His latest book - GALLOWGLASS - is the fourth and final in the acclaimed Douglas Brodie quartet. GALLOWGLASS is published on 3 April 2014 in all formats.
Gordon's breakthrough novel - THE HANGING SHED - is a No 1 Amazon kindle bestseller and has sold over 200,000 copies. Both sequels - BITTER WATER and PILGRIM SOUL - again starring Brodie and his sidekick - advocate Samantha Campbell - also hit the No 1 kindle spot. TRUTH DARE KILL, the first in the Danny McRae series has also topped the charts, as has its sequel - THE UNQUIET HEART.